Habitat for Humanity Questioning Monroe County Land Use Plan

Some restrictions of the plan, like disallowing building on land with a 15 percent grade, could significantly reduce available land, resulting in higher prices.

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Photo: Habitat for Humanity Monroe Co.

A house frame goes up for a Habitat for Humanity family.

Officials with Monroe County Habitat for Humanity are questioning about the affordability of land if Monroe County’s Comprehensive Land Use Plan passes. Habitat has built homes for more than 360 people in Monroe county. But Executive Director Kerry Thompson said some restrictions, like one which disallows building on land with a 15 percent grade, could significantly reduce available land, resulting in higher prices.

“If land costs go much beyond what they are today especially if we’re so significantly decreasing the supply, that the costs are going to go up exponentially, we simply won’t be able to afford county land,” said Thompson.

Thompson said Monroe county is already one of the least affordable counties in the state, one where working families are struggling with current prices. County Commissioner and land use plan author Mark Stoops said affordable housing would be promoted where resources are already strong.

“By focusing the growth in the urban area, in the urbanizing area, around Bloomington, Ellettsville, and the smaller outlying towns where the infrastructure is already in place is a better way to promote affordable housing.”

The plan is awaiting approval by the county commissioners.

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